Definition of affection
1 : a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something : tender attachment : fondness She had a deep affection for her parents.
2 : a moderate feeling or emotion
5 : the feeling aspect (as in pleasure) of consciousness
7 : the action of affecting : the state of being affected
affectionlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of affection in a Sentence
She has deep affection for her parents.
He shows great affection for his grandchildren.
feelings of love and affection
He now looks back on those years with great affection.
She developed a deep affection for that country and its people.
Recent Examples of affection from the Web
However, the gifts were not meant to inspire thoughts of romance or affection.
Zoo officials say Murphy showed affection to the young giraffe, nuzzling his face, but Ernie later became aggressive for unknown reasons and the animals were separated.
At such events, Clinton has been treated more like a conquering heroine than the loser of an election -- with more outward affection and enthusiasm than during the campaign.
Cats aren’t as needy as dogs and don’t show their affection as readily as dogs will.
Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican from Arizona who flew the A-10 in combat and commanded a squadron in Afghanistan, speaks of it with obvious affection.
Her affection for art—not normally something even her detractors would likely begrudge her—may have worked against her family this week.
An art public falls in love with works of art first, then transfers that affection to the museum that cares for them.
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Origin and Etymology of affection
Middle English, from Anglo-French affection, from Latin affection-, affectio, from afficere —see 2affect
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of affection
AFFECTION Defined for Kids
Definition of affection for Students
: a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something He shows great affection for his grandchildren.
Medical Definition of affection
1: a moderate feeling or emotion
2: the feeling aspect (as in pleasure or displeasure) of consciousness
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